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Mr Scobie's Riddle

(1983)
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A dazzling comic novel - a delightful romp and a blistering satire. "Reading Jolley makes one feel alive." - Lemony Snicket.

After an unplanned admission to a nursing home, Mr. Scobie must protect himself and his dreams from the soul-killing proprietress, Matron Price. Playing Brahms and reciting Wordsworth is not enough. Yet his very simple riddle and its ordinary answer may change the institution forever. Can a voice calling for dignity be heard? "A satire of great verve and acerbity" (New York Times Book Review), comparable to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A satire of great verve and acerbity." - Thomas M Disch


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Paperback Editions

July 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mr. Scobie's Riddle (Karen and Michael Braziller Books)
Author(s): Elizabeth Jolley
ISBN: 0-89255-369-3 / 978-0-89255-369-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Persea
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January 1990 : Australia Paperback

Title: Mr. Scobie's Riddle
Author(s): Elizabeth Jolly, Elizabeth Jolloy
ISBN: 1-86340-095-8 / 978-1-86340-095-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: John Curley & Assoc
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March 1984 : UK Paperback
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Title: Mr. Scobie's Riddle
Author(s): Elizabeth Jolley
ISBN: 0-14-007490-2 / 978-0-14-007490-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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January 1983 : UK Paperback
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Title: Mr. Scobie's Riddle
Author(s): Elizabeth Jolley
ISBN: 0-14-006656-X / 978-0-14-006656-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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